Nokia XL Hands On

We got our hands on a Nokia XL at a recently held bloggers meet by Nokia India. The Nokia XL was announced at MWC 2014 along with X and X+. As a refresher, the Nokia XL is an android based phone with a lot of tweaking to give it a Nokia flavor. The Nokia X was launched in early March 2014 and Nokia says the X+ and XL will be available in a couple of weeks. We covered the basic specs about the Nokia X platform in our write up here.

Nokia XL Meetup

We can say it was Nokia’s first event after it was completely taken over by Microsoft on 25th April, 2014. Addressing the event, Pranav Shroff, Product Marketing Manager, Nokia mentioned that the takeover will not hamper the Nokia X platform and that development and support will continue as usual. So the Nokia X platform is here to stay!

A Quick Look at the Nokia XL specifications:

  • Operating System – Nokia X Software Platform (based on Android 4.1.2)
  • Dimension – 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 mm
  • Camera – 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. Video at [email protected]  2 MP front facing camera.
  • Display – IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. 480 x 800 pixels, 5.0 inches with 187 ppi pixel density.
  • Processor – Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play
  • Memory & Storage – 768 MB RAM + 4GB storage. Expandable up to 32GB through microSD card slot.
  • Battery – 2000 mAh battery with 13 hours of talk time on 3G and up to  30 days stand by on 3G.
  • Colours – Bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black, white.


As you can see the Nokia XL gains a lot over Nokia X. Starting with the obvious 5 inch screen, the RAM also has been bumped upto 768 MB. The camera unit is a 5MP auto-focus module aided by an LED flash, the phone also has a 2MP front facing camera for selfies. Bright orange is a new addition to the colour range and only available on the Nokia XL.

We were given a chance to toy around with the device and we had mix reviews about it. For instance we liked the way the phone is packaged, it gives you a uni-body look. But the 5″ phone is too large for one handed operation and also a bit heavy. The image above shows a size comparison between the Lumia 920 which is 4.5″ and as you can see clearly it is a pretty big in-your-face phone. The 5MP snapper was quick to focus and take photos. The photos themselves have a good amount of detail, but the video quality disappointed us. We were disappointed that the camera isn’t capable of capturing 720p HD videos, whereas the Lumia 520/525 in the same price bracket is capable of it. Maybe it is an indication that Nokia wants to keep the X series as low devices only.

image - Nokia XL Opened Back Cover

As mentioned the Nokia X post Google Play is not supported, one has to do use the Nokia Store or any of the other third party app stores like Amazon Apps, Yandex, Mobango or more. In fact, if you don’t find an app on the Nokia Store, they’ll give you suggestions on where you can get that app. Also, like the Nokia X the phone comes preloaded with a lot of apps – Vine, Skype, Facebook, BBM, Fruit Ninja, Simcity and more.


Price and availability wasn’t announced, but it was mentioned that the device would launched in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, head over to our gallery for a hands-on.

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Suhas is a Technical Lead working on Web technologies, a gadget freak, loves to play bass and takes mediocre photos.

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